Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) guerrillas gunned down two teenaged sisters
after forcing them out of their home in the Jammu and Kashmir town
of Sopore, triggering panic in the area, police said Tuesday as
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the incident in a strongly
Altaf Khan, superintendent of police, Sopore, said: "Two of the
killers have been identified by police, they belong to the LeT. A
manhunt has been lodged."
A senior police officer said heavily armed guerrillas entered a
house in the Muslim Peer locality of the town Monday evening and
forced out the two sisters, Kulsuma, 19, and Yasmin, 17, who
belonged to an impoverished family. Sopore, considered a hotbed of
militancy, is 54 km from here in Baramulla district.
"They opened fire at the two sisters, killing them on the spot and
the militants later fled," the officer said.
Reacting to the incident, the chief minister wrote on Twitter: "If
you can't condemn the killing of these two girls irrespective of
your political beliefs and do so without qualifying it, then shame
"May Allah grant peace to the souls..., their family the strength
to deal with this tragedy and us the strength to learn from it,"
The killings triggered panic in the area and police and security
forces officers rushed to the spot.